Back in the Day, Today...
1521 Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortez captured present-day Mexico City from the Aztecs.
1608 John Smith's story of Jamestown's 1st days submitted for publication
1651 Litchfield, CT founded
1704 The Battle of Blenheim was fought during the War of the Spanish Succession, resulting in a victory for English and Austrian forces.
1831 Nat Turner leads uprising of slaves in Virginia
1868 Earthquakes kill 25,000
1889 William Gray patents coin-operated telephone
1899 Movie director Alfred Hitchcock was born in London.
1923 US Steel Corp initiates 8th-hour work day
1932 Adolf Hitler rejected the post of vice-chancellor of Germany, saying he was prepared to hold out "for all or nothing."
1934 The comic strip "Li'l Abner" by Al Capp made its debut.
1942 Walt Disney's animated feature "Bambi" premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
1945 35 Jews sacrifice their lives to blow up Nazi rubber plant in Silesia
1948 Satchel Paige at 42, pitches his 1st major league complete game
1960 The first two-way telephone conversation by satellite took place with the help of Echo 1, a balloon satellite.
1961 Construction on Berlin Wall begins in East Germany
1977 1st test glide of shuttle
1981 President Ronald Reagan signed a historic package of tax and budget reductions.
1995 Baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle died of liver cancer at age 63.
1996 Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 3.0
2003 Libya agreed to set up a $2.7 billion fund for families of 270 people killed in the 1988 Pan Am bombing.
2004 The 28th summer Olympic games opened in Athens.
2007 President Bush's political strategist, Karl Rove, announced his resignation.
2007 A bridge under construction in the ancient Chinese city of Fenghuang collapsed, killing 64 people.
2007 Philanthropist Brooke Astor died in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., at age 105.
2007 Hall of Fame Yankees shortstop and broadcaster Phil Rizzuto died in West Orange, N.J., at age 89.